Anyone done a motorbike tour in Vietnam?

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  1. PK2

    PK2 Long timer

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    Looking at maybe doing a motorbike tour of Vietnam next year. I've been looking at vietnammotorbiketours.com and the Top Gear tour in particular.
    Seems a reasonable price, just wondering if anyone has any feedback?
    May have my wife as pillion and another couple of riding mates are interested too.
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  2. Lukeb

    Lukeb Been here awhile

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    Did a few days out of hoi an on a Minsk was awesome
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  3. Lukeb

    Lukeb Been here awhile

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    Had my missus on back also ...no dramas at all little 250 Minsk never missed a beat was more than enough bike for the conditions. .when I first rode it around block thought I can't do any days on this piece of crap..by end of trip wanted bring it home with me
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  4. gavo

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    Did a 7 day trip with offroad vietnam.
    Honda xr 250 on a tour of the north and had missus on the back.
    Home stays with families and hotels.
    Not the cheapest around but Ah Wu the owner is very professional.
    This is also the company used by the crew from Motorcycle trader magazine.
    Had a ball.
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  5. cashelvale

    cashelvale Been here awhile

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    Have done two tours in Vietnam now - absolutely amazing and wouldn't hesitate to go again .
    Both trips I have done with Hai Phung :
    http://www.weridevietnam.com
    Can't recommend this guy highly enough - he is an absolute professional - highly regarded wherever we went.
    He can set up a ride to suit whatever you are looking for and seems to have amazing contacts. Make sure you do plenty of home stays !!!
    My first trip was on Ural's and the second time we went back on a mixture of Hondas and Minsk.
    Wouldn't recommend doing it without a guide - it would be too difficult finding your way around and you'd miss far to much !!! Spend some time in the old quarter in Hanoi - it's one of the last old world Asian cities that won't stay that way much longer - the food is great - the beer sensational - the locals are friendly and the whole country is very safe.
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  6. Dustred

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    Was it with the HAMA lads?, done a few trips with them awesome!


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  7. Sebastionbear

    Sebastionbear Oh! heck...

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    Two major trips, 2012 - 6 weeks north Vietnam
    http://cbrforum.com/forum/road-trips-102/hunting-uncle-ho-bears-vietnam-journey-142540/

    and 2013 5 weeks Saigon to Hanoi, http://cbrforum.com/forum/road-trips-102/where-phó-we-bears-vietnam-redux-2013-a-149825/

    and lived there for part of 2014 as a tour guide in the central highlands with a Ural outfit.
    http://cbrforum.com/forum/road-trips-102/vietnam-2014-bears-winter-sojourn-151804/

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    Fantastic place and can recommend self guided tours if you're that way inclined!

    Cheers, SB
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  8. AusGoFar

    AusGoFar get back on that horse

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    Done tours in Vietnam and Cambodia. Both are great - but Cambodia wins. The riding with VietnamMotorcycletours is good but slow going by Aussie standards - but that can be part of the charm. Its not riding as you know it in Aus.
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  9. PK2

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    Thanks all, will do more research, but looks like a great thing to do!
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  10. Nandewar

    Nandewar Sound sound the clarion

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    Two mates and I hired bikes in Hanoi and again in Na Trang and had a rough plan over 3 weeks. We covered a lot of country and had a ball. The adventures happen when things go wrong. That's were all the best memories come from.
    Gps maps are surprisingly accurate and accommodation is easy to find and everyone is so helpful. Google translate works and there is phone coverage everywhere to call the people you rent from.
    Going it alone is worth considering, and heaps cheaper.
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  11. Lukeb

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    Yeah was hoi an motor cycle adventures was really good ..we'll organixed home stays in villages.. was stuck in hoi an saw the Minsk went an asked and hooked onto a trip 4 British guys were doing..ended up great guys and awesome trip
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    This looks fantastic

    Check out the 8-10 day tour of northeast Vietnam

    "This ride takes in a huge swathe of the remote northern mountains close to the Chinese border. With a seemingly endless succession of passes and plateaus, this ride strikes through breathtaking mountain scenery populated by hill tribe peoples from many different groups. The ride takes in the famous limestone karst scenery north of Cao Bang, the large mountains that loom over Xin Man and the stunning Ha Giang province, which is the most beautiful area in Vietnam. We ride up the highest and most impressive passes in Vietnam and pass hill tribe communities that rarely see outsiders. Overall, this route is very remote, like a “black” ski run, and conditions, at times, can be basic. The scenery, though, will astound"

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    Lukeb Been here awhile

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    Yeah was definitely a more relaxed pace but that is definitely part of the charm ...not a race..hi fiving every kid in the country it seems when the here 5 noisy smelly Minsk coming thru the village
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  14. Kim Jong ill

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    I don't quite understand how you guys were properly licensed to ride a motorbike in Vietnam, and by extension were covered by travel insurance? Vietnam doesn't recognise the International Driving Permit issued by Australia, as we're on the 1949 Geneva convention and they're on the 1968 Vienna convention, and they're not compatible. To get a local license you require a residency permit/visa, so that rules that out as well. What/how did you all do it?
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    Classic first post!
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    cashelvale Been here awhile

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    We were issued with a permit/licence (?) by the police or relevant gov. authority - all organised by our tour guide -
    I've been stopped by the police in Vietnam a couple of times and the permit/licence seemed to be acceptable. You often see police stoping motorcycles on the main highway - our guide warned us he would not stop if we were stopped because the police would ask for money - trick seems to be show your permit and keep talking about nothing and they eventually wave you away.
    Still have a permit/licence here somewhere I think - I'll see if I can find it ???
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  17. Kim Jong ill

    Kim Jong ill n00b

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    I'm not trying to be critical, sorry if I came off that way! I'm planning options for a trip in SE Asia and licensing is going to be a big factor in selecting where I want to go. So if ya'll can enlighten me that would be much appreciated.

    If you could find it and any associated paperwork that would be awesome.
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  18. allan11

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    the wife and i hired a bike out of Ho Chi Minh city and went south then to the Cambodian border and back to HCM city about 9 days..

    rode without licence and travel insurance void if accident.. bribe police if pulled over.. live on the edge man...


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  19. explodingmouse

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    When I lived in Hanoi from 1995 until 2003 never really had a problem with traffic cops , if you want to hire a ural outfit or solo get in touch with Digby at Explore Indochina , he has been in Vietnam since the early 90s and has a wealth of experience , has travelled the Ho Chi Minh trail extensively and knows Vietnam like the back of his hand , hes an Aussie too.
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  20. farqhuar

    farqhuar Human guinea pig

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    In short, the biggest risk you take when riding in Asia is the risk to your health (including your life) - everything else is secondary.

    By comparison, the lack of insurance (and commensurate hospital charge / payout to aciident victim / compensation to property owner) and cost to your hip pocket is peanuts.

    It's all a matter of perspective. :-)
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